By Simon Wood

Josh Michaels isn’t sought after lifeless or alive—just lifeless. That truth turns into shockingly transparent whilst a stranger runs his vehicle off the line. rather than a supporting hand, the guy offers Josh a “thumbs down” and abandons him to what's probably a watery grave. fortunately, Josh cheats death…this time. but if extra harrowing “accidents” threaten his existence, it’s transparent he’s a marked guy.
Are his earlier errors coming again to chew him? Or is whatever extra sinister afoot? and the way can he persuade his relations, pals, and particularly the police officers that he’s at risk? The more durable Josh fights to stick alive, the extra decided his unknown enemy is to work out him useless. And the deeper he digs for solutions, the extra chilling the fact turns into. As his time and good fortune quickly run out, he needs to unmask an insidious conspiracy bent on creating a killing—in extra methods than one.
Nerve-jangling noir doesn’t get a lot blacker than Simon Wood’s most sensible velocity journey into cold-blooded homicide and hot-blooded vengeance.

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I nodded. “If standard calligraphy ink was used, it’ll come through undamaged. Once the ink dries, it resists most liquids. ” Renna’s eyes sparkled at what I imagined was the first encouraging news of the night. “Good to hear,” he said. “Good and bad. ” He nodded unhappily. ” “Not promising, I know. But I signed on for the full tour. ” “No. M. WHEN the knock came, I was whipping up some scrambled eggs and toast while listening to Zen II, an early album by Katsuya Yokoyama, one of Japan’s bamboo flute virtuosos.

Mystery fiction. I. Title. 6—dc23 2012049519 ISBN 978-1-4516-9169-6 ISBN 978-1-4516-9171-9 (ebook) The translation of Rengetsu’s “The Thief,” as found in Lotus Moon: The Poetry of the Buddhist Nun Rengetsu (Weatherhill, 1994), is reprinted with the permission of John Stevens. To my parents, Bob and Lenny, for their unflagging support, and to those of my Japanese friends who have always felt “hemmed in” A wise man hears what makes no sound and sees what has no shape. —ZEN PROVERB Contents Epigraph Day 1: Not a Trace of the Thief Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Day 2: The Tell Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Day 3: Kingbreaker Chapter 23 Chapter 24 Chapter 25 Chapter 26 Chapter 27 Chapter 28 Chapter 29 Day 4: The Village Chapter 30 Chapter 31 Chapter 32 Chapter 33 Chapter 34 Chapter 35 Chapter 36 Chapter 37 Chapter 38 Chapter 39 Day 5: Shadow Shogun Chapter 40 Chapter 41 Chapter 42 Chapter 43 Chapter 44 Chapter 45 Chapter 46 Chapter 47 Chapter 48 Day 6: Black Marilyn Chapter 49 Chapter 50 Chapter 51 Chapter 52 Chapter 53 Chapter 54 Day 7: Soga Speaks Chapter 55 Chapter 56 Chapter 57 Day 8: Lost Chapter 58 Chapter 59 Chapter 60 Day 9: Desperation Chapter 61 Chapter 62 Chapter 63 Chapter 64 Chapter 65 Chapter 66 Chapter 67 Chapter 68 Chapter 69 Chapter 70 Chapter 71 Chapter 72 Chapter 73 Chapter 74 Chapter 75 Chapter 76 Chapter 77 Chapter 78 Chapter 79 Chapter 80 Epilogue About Authenticity Acknowledgments About the Author DAY 1 NOT A TRACE OF THE THIEF CHAPTER 1 SAN FRANCISCO TWO shades of red darkened the Japantown concourse by the time I arrived.

Now in his late sixties, Abers had a weathered face, troubled brown eyes, and a vigorous crown of snow-white hair. ” Abers scratched the morning stubble he often neglected to shave. “Just so you know, I shuffled the ukiyo-e prints. ” We carried a wide range of Japanese antiques: woodblock prints, scrolls, ceramics, and furniture for starters. Most of the stock was affordable and spoke of far-off lands and long-lost times in a way few items could. In a way that brought richness to my life and, ideally, to my clients’.

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